When we pray for the strength to protect others, I believe that we magnetize more Light into our lives, that inclusive prayer has extra sway in the universe. Because it’s universal law–to give is to receive.
A very powerful prayer for these times is the Shantideva Prayer. It helps impress on our psyches that WE ARE TOGETHER in everything, in all life’s experiences. From that heart center, our perceived “sides” and polarities start to dissolve and crumble (may they dissolve and crumble with Godspeed!).
Shantideva was an 8th century yogi and scholar––a prince who gave it all up to become a monk. His teachings are the throughline of the way of the Bodhisattva.
This is a declaration of relentless compassion and resilience.
May I become at all times, both now and forever,
A protector for those without protection,
A guide for those who have lost their way,
A ship for those with oceans to cross,
A sanctuary for those in danger,
A lamp for those in the dark,
And a servant to all those in need.
As long as living beings exist,
and suffering afflicts them,
May I too abide to dispel the misery of the world.
May I be a guard for those who need protection,
A guide for those on the path,
A boat, a raft, a bridge for those who wish to cross the flood.
May I be a lamp in the darkness,
A resting place for the weary,
A healing medicine for all who are sick,
A vase of plenty, a tree of miracles;
And for the boundless multitudes of living beings,
May I bring sustenance and awakening,
Enduring like the earth and sky
Until all beings are freed from sorrow,
And all are awakened.
You can download the full colour version or print out this black + white mini poster (they’re free) and then… use it. Read it in the morning, say it out loud with your hands on your heart, begin team meetings with it, say good night with this. Or listen to the audio version on repeat… As we all awaken.
To trees of miracles!